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So essentially, you'd be replacing ZG with another 1A pitcher.....my point is....we need 3 legit ace caliber pitchers to get to the next level....
1 week, 3 days ago on So Long, Matt Kemp
Acquiring another front line starter (i.e., Hamels, Scherzer, or Shields) is now a priority....if ZG opts out after next season, we're basically screwed...
You may be right, but we do need to get another front-line starter....it would put us over the edge in 2015...and looking past 2015, we need insurance in case ZG opts out....which he most likely will
I think the improvement is marginal....the difference maker is if we can obtain another front-line starter....
So basically what you're saying is that Rollins, Kendrick, & Grandal > Kemp, Hanley Ramirez, & Dee Gordon? I don't think so...unless, you can replace the lost offense through run prevention by obtaining a front-line starter....
But trading Grandal to fill our long term catching solution for Matt Kemp straight up doesn't make sense unless it allows Friedman to acquire Hamels, Shields, or Scherzer.....we just lost our two biggest right handed bats in our lineup in Hanley and Kemp....
Yes, definitely....I don't see Friedman trading away Grandal....he was the best solution for our catching spot....and I don't see us trading away Pedersen because that would leave a huge hole in center field
Ya, I know at least one of the three is going to have to be included in the package....but before, all these trades, it was probably gonna have to be all three to get Hamels...
What isn't happening?
Trading Matt Kemp won't make sense unless we end up with a front-line starter....hopefully Friedman has the prospects now to put together a package for Cole Hamels....without now having to trade away Pedersen, Urias, & Corey Seagar to get him.....
@Weston T @dappler218 @Lobo
I have a final this Tuesday that I'm studying for too....Employment Discrimination....
@Paul ran out of puns, is just Paul now @dappler218
The only thing about trading for Cole Hamels is, what will it take to get him? Phillies will probably ask for Pedersen, Urias, & Segar.
What final exam are you taking?
@Farmer John Hot Dog Sold At Dodger Stadium
I think the point of getting him is that he was the best available catcher available....with the best potential upside.....and catching was one of our glaring holes in the lineup....once Russell Martin signed with the Blue Jays, the Dodgers couldn't just do nothing and go with AJ Ellis again....
What are the chances the Dodgers trade for Cole Hamels or sign James Shields or Max Sherzer?
@Crushinator (Gender Bender lover) @dappler218
We just lost our two biggest righty bats in Hanley & Kemp and we're essentially replacing them with Jimmy Rollins & Howie Kenrick....
1 week, 4 days ago on So Long, Matt Kemp
Anyone else agree that this offseason won't be considered a success unless we're able to trade for Cole Hamels or Shield or Scherzer?
@Mike Petriello @dappler218
If the Dodgers don't add a "tier 2" or "tier 1" starting pitcher this offseason, then they're really spinning their wheels in the mud. If they stand pat, and like you said, ZG will opt out after 2015, then what will they do in 2016? You're really left with Kershaw and Ryu. If they acquire an elite starting pitcher to replace ZG, then aren't they really in the same position as they were now? We need 3 elite starting pitchers plus Ryu.
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Your Obligatory Discussion of the Dodgers And Cole Hamels
@Disgruntled Goat @dappler218
No other team can match a package of Urias, Segar, and Pedersen. We won't be outbid.
The only elite starting pitcher free agent is Jon Lester, and almost certainly going to resign with the Red Sox.
So Mike, it seems to me that the Dodgers should really go "all in" this offseason for 2015. And by "all in," I mean doing whatever it takes to acquire Cole Hamels. If that means trading Julio Urias, Joc Pedersen, AND Corey Segar, then so be it. It's a high price, but if that's what it takes, then that's what it takes. Like you said, ZG can and most likely will opt out after 2015. If we don't add an elite starting pitcher this season and ZG opts out, then we're really screwed in 2016. We saw last year that Kershaw, ZG, and Hyun-Jin Ryu, while a great trio, wasn't good enough. We need another elite pitcher to get us over the top.
@- Casey -
Just not in the postseason...
1 month, 1 week ago on Just Like Every Year: Clayton Kershaw, Cy Young Winner
@Paul ran out of puns, is just Paul now @dappler218 @- Casey -
Career postseason era of 0.95, four complete games, including two shutouts?
@MajorPuigBaseball @foldamort @dappler218
Not two years in a row...to the same freakin team and the same player (Matt Carpenter).
Look, you can be the best player in baseball during the regular season, but if you can't perform in the postseason, then it doesn't mean squat....would Koufax be as legendary as he is if he was only great in the regular season? No. Koufax was Koufax during the postseason and that's why he is a legend.
Game 1 was inexcusable though....Kershaw pumping fastball after fastball while the Cards were batting around was absolutely inexcusable....
Hate to say it but Cy Young Awards are nice and all....but Kersh needed to perform in the postseason....and he didn't.
What do think the chances are of the Dodgers signing Bills again? I know he's been injured and it would be a risk to sign him...but I have a soft spot for the guy....he's a homegrown player.....would hate to see him in another uniform....
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Remember How Many Starting Pitchers A Team Really Needs
Is it then all but a foregone conclusion that there is 0% chance of Bills being a Dodger next season?
Mike, your piece failed to include Thunder Thighs being in the mix for the 5th starter spot.....
Anyone have a scouting report on Shelby Miller this year?
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Cardinals 3, Dodgers 1: Bullpen implodes (again), season on the line
Blowing your dough on escorts is the best....lol
Is it just me...or does anyone else feel really good about our chances of advancing to the NLCS? I feel Kersh is gonna be so pissed off that he pitches a shut down game tomorrow and ZG will be ZG in Game 5....
And Game 2 and game 3 of the NLCS?
With Kersh pitching Game 4 and ZG in Game 5....assuming we advance to the NLCS, who would pitch Game 1 of the NLCS?
I'm so nervous about what we're gonna get out of Hyun-Jin tomorrow....pretty much our postseason hopes are in his hands....or his left arm, that is....
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Inside Zack Greinke’s Season-Saving Start
Can we get a scouting report on what to expect from John Lackey tomorrow?
I guess the only question is what are we gonna get out of Ryu?
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Dodgers 3, Cardinals 2: This Sport Is Bad For Your Health
Any predictions on what we're gonna see out of Lackey in Game 3?
We need a clutch start from Ryu in Game 3....
And if we're down 2-1?
2 months, 3 weeks ago on American League Wild Card: A’s @ Royals
Just read on Dodgers website that DM isn't considering Kersh to pitch Game 4 on short rest.....does that mean Haren pitches Game 4?
How the hell am I suppose to concentrate at work this whole week?
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Mailbag #12: Hanley, Player Options, Ethier Trade, Brim, Vin
Hey Mike...pleeez....I need my Dodgers-Cardinals series preview fix.....can you give us a lil someting to help us pass the time?
I don't mean to look past the Cardinals....but Nats are looking pretty scary in the NLCS....damn, their starting rotation is crazy good....They have 3 guys, with sub 3 eras (Roark, Fister, and Zimmerman)....plus Strasburg and Gio Gonzalez with mid 3 eras....
OMG, POSTSEASON IS HERE, OMG! OMG! I AM SO INCONCEIVABLY HAPPY.
@Bay_of_Puigs @Disgruntled Goat @dappler218
I wish I were Matt Kemp too.
"At last, we will reveal ourselves to the [Cardinals]....At last, we will have our revenge..."
-Star Wars: Phantom Menance
I want to face Michael Wacha in this series....and I want us to hit him hard.
What will our starting rotation look like for the NLDS? NLCS?
For the NLDS, I'm guessing: Game 1: Kershaw; Game 2: Greinke; Game 3: Ryu; Game 4*: Haren?; Game 5*: Kershaw (* if necessary)
For the NLCS, I'm guessing: Game 1: Kershaw; Game 2: Greinke; Game 3: Ryu; Game 4: Haren; Game 5: Kershaw; Game 6: Greinke; Game 7: Ryu?